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by Boxcar Willie
Tue May 13, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Strenghtening plasticard.
Replies: 9
Views: 1162

Strenghtening plasticard.

Last night I sat at the kitchen table and spent a very pleasant couple of hours building a representation of the old CIE "B" wagon - the Bulleid designed corrugated ones that were everywhere in Ireland in the 60s and 70s. I had a donor Airfix chassis and set about making a superstructure f...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue May 13, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Locos,run them or not
Replies: 38
Views: 4000

Re: Locos,run them or not

I've no time at all for this nonsense of buying stuff and keeping it stashed away "as an investment". I'm sure there are plenty who'll agree with James May when he bought at auction (with BBC money of course) a Hornby train set from the 70s and cheerfully told the lady at the desk to throw...
by Boxcar Willie
Fri May 09, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Triang R357 diesel
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: Triang R357 diesel

Do be careful when replacing magnets - I fitted one of those new-fangled neo-molybdenumiumum magnets in an old Hornby 8f and whilst it positively galloped around the club's test track there was a smell of burning not unlike that emitted by Dr. Beeching whenever Old Nick gives him another prod of his...
by Boxcar Willie
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How much realism?
Replies: 40
Views: 4640

Re: How much realism?

The catch point business is interesting as I found a set on a signal box diagram of my long since defunct local station. There was a down line with an up loop with an island platform. There were three sidings connected to the loop protected by a catch point. There were no buffers - any wagon that di...
by Boxcar Willie
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: French Trains.
Replies: 7
Views: 1558

Re: French Trains.

Brilliant! Thanks for the help.
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old Graham Farish locos.
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Re: Old Graham Farish locos.

We had fun with them down at the club tonight; most of them wouldn't go at all and investigation of their innards found bits missing from the motors or mechanisms. Some are an easy fix and others just require a good service. I took a Merchant Navy class home and had a tinker with it - a drop of oil ...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Air brush pressure
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Air brush pressure

I wonder if it's possible to fit a tank and regulator to the little €50 compressor from Lidl. It's inclined to "pulse" a bit and spit the paint - not much of a problem but a smoother air flow might make it easier to get a consistent finish.
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Class 73 body removal
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Re: Class 73 body removal

Reminds me of the fun I had with a Bachmann CIE 141 class when I was trying to fix the lights. The instructions are clear enough in themselves but they didn't give any inkling as to the magic words you have to intone - mostly beginning with "F".
by Boxcar Willie
Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: French Trains.
Replies: 7
Views: 1558

Re: French Trains.

Cheers! Hopefully I might be able to get my hands on an AGC in Languedoc-Roussillon livery. A repaint of the current models would be somewhat awkward...
by Boxcar Willie
Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: lidl
Replies: 43
Views: 9137

Re: lidl

I have one of those compressors and it died after not much use; after some too-ing and fro-ing Lidl agreed to replace it. They told me to dump the old one as it would be too expensive to ship back and a replacement duly arrived. Then a couple of days later another replacement arrived... I e-mailed t...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old Graham Farish locos.
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Re: Old Graham Farish locos.

Interesting stuff - my mate's locos all seemed to be in extremely good condition and I'm going to try and run some at the club night on Tuesday. There were one o two that were slightly the worst for wear but overall I didn't see any signs of metal fatigue - most of them looked brand new.
by Boxcar Willie
Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old Graham Farish locos.
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Old Graham Farish locos.

A friend of mine has inherited a load of old Graham Farish locos dating back to the late 1940s - early 1950s. He was bequeathed them by his grandfather who passed on recently. He brought them round to me so that I could have a quick squint at them and maybe give him a few ideas about their value. Th...
by Boxcar Willie
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Scratch bult project!
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: Scratch bult project!

That is an absolutely charming piece of work - very well done indeed. I knew a man who built a car like that once - it had a wooden body, wooden chassis, wooden wheels and even a wooden engine. It wooden go.
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: French Trains.
Replies: 7
Views: 1558

Re: French Trains.

It's not a million miles removed from the current DMUs being ruin in Ireland. These things are beginning to look the same no matter where in the world you go...

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by Boxcar Willie
Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: French Trains.
Replies: 7
Views: 1558

French Trains.

DSC_0120.JPG Having spent many a happy holiday travelling around Europe on trains with the Mrs. I decided that I'd like to collect models of the trains we've been on - the Eurostar, the TGV and even the little Class 150 that rattles and farts its way from Fishguard to Cardiff. I did manage to grab ...

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